Monday, March 10, 2014 - 10:04 p.m.
THE president of the influential Baguio-Benguet Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently spoke against the turtle-paced processing of business permits at Baguio City Hall, stressing that this discourages investors.
BBCCI president Benny Balajadia told reporters Friday many businessmen in the city from the chamber and other groups composed of more than 5,000 businesses in the Summer Capital are disappointed at the slow pace of processing of business permits which includes securing other requirements from several offices attached to the local government.
Monday, March 10, 2014 - 09:58 p.m.
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Formal launching of the 34th Strawberry Festival kicked off activities for the annual town fiesta.
Mayor Edna Tabanda with municipal officials led the baring of activities for this year's celebration themed: "Breaking Ground for Sustainable Agro – Tourism," focusing on the abundant produce the town has as an anchor for a thriving tourism industry.
Monday, March 10, 2014 - 09:56 p.m.
THE campaign trail for the 2016 presidential elections is still two years away but Senator Alan Peter Cayetano is determined to plant the seeds early in his favor.
This as Cayetano spent his third visit in the Summer Capital for 2014 with Wright Park Pony Boys Association giving them P100,000 initial aid to initiate a loan program as part of his Kontra 5-6 campaign.
Monday, March 10, 2014 - 09:45 p.m.
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Visitors may soon enjoy new packaging for their take home berries.
Fely Ticbaen of the Municipal Agriculture Office said local farmers have requested the Department of Agriculture to fund industrial chillers to be able to freeze strawberries and thus making transport easier.
Monday, March 10, 2014 - 09:41 p.m.
SOCIAL Security System members will soon have the option to receive their salary loans through Citi Visa Prepaid cards providing borrowers a quicker, safer and more convenient means of receiving their loan proceeds.
SSS vice president and Officer-in-Charge of Lending and Asset Management Division May Catherine Ciriaco said the agency will pilot the SSS Citi Visa Prepaid Card on March 6 for members applying for salary loans at SSS branches in Diliman, Quezon City and in Buendia, Makati City, which both account for a high volume of salary loan applications.
Monday, March 10, 2014 - 09:39 p.m.
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- The Department of Education (DepEd) through the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) recently launched the 2014 National Literacy Awards (NLA) in the Cordillera.
Dr. Norma Salcedo, head of the LCC secretariat, presented recently the revised criteria and guidelines for the selection of the 2014 NLA to Alternative Learning System coordinators, representatives of local government units and the Regional Literacy Coordinating Council.
Friday, March 7, 2014 - 07:45 p.m.
SENATOR Ramon Revilla Jr. veered away from the heat of the ongoing pork barrel hearings in the Senate to go on an oversight monitoring of public airports in the country by making a stop at Baguio’s Loakan Airport.
Coming from General Santos City, Revilla is in the process of evaluating regional air links to be prioritized for upgrading to serve the needs of the flying public and improve economic and transportations in its immediate service area.
Friday, March 7, 2014 - 07:43 p.m.
DESPITE laws protecting women, only a handful of cases of Violence Against Women and their Children often reach the courts.
In a press briefing on the Women’s Month Activities Wednesday, SPO3 Liza Batanes of the Women’s and Children’s Protection Desk said of the 482 cases brought to their attention last year only 42 turn out to be court cases.
Friday, March 7, 2014 - 07:42 p.m.
THE Supreme Court cited National Commission on Indigenous Peoples Cordillera (NCIP-CAR) hearing officer Brain Masweng for contempt and lifted the temporary restraining order and the writ of preliminary injunction which thwarted the City Government’s bid to demolish illegal structures at the Busol watershed in July 2009.
The High Court, in a decision dated February 19, found Masweng guilty of indirect contempt and imposed a P10,000 fine.
Friday, March 7, 2014 - 07:37 p.m.
BAGUIO City Mayor Mauricio Domogan has no qualms over the condition attached by the City Council in approving the P1,439,582,000 annual budget and the Annual Investment Plan (AIP) which mandates the body’s scrutiny of crucial projects before they are implemented.
"I am amenable to (their condition). I'm okay with it," the mayor said.
Friday, March 7, 2014 - 07:33 p.m.
LOCAL and visiting horse tenders, with support from city officials and the audience, provided a humanitarian dimension to this year’s Panagbenga by raising P24,997 for an ailing teen-aged girl during the Pony Boys Day feature of the Baguio flower festival last March 1 at the city athletic bowl.
In-between their races and games on horseback, the pony boys – and girls - passed the hat for 15-year old Arabella Maranes, daughter of a pony boy who was recently diagnosed and twice operated on for Ewing’s sarcoma, a type of cancer growth on her back.
Friday, March 7, 2014 - 07:30 p.m.
BAGUIO City Mayor Mauricio Domogan warned peddlers here who keep violating vending rules at the city market that they will be dealt with accordingly.
The mayor was reacting to reports that many vendors from Block IV have gone back to peddling their ware along the streets under what they termed as “bitbit-paninda” scheme thereby clogging the roads and sidewalks anew.
Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 11:32 p.m.
REMOVING Baguio City Police director Senior Superintendent Jesus Cambay Jr. and replacing him with Senior Superintendent Rolando Miranda in an acting capacity illegally circumvents the law.
This was stressed by Mayor Mauricio Domogan Wednesday when asked for a reaction to the Police Regional Office-Cordillera action to relieve Cambay of his duties as city director.
Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 11:28 p.m.
A TOTAL of 138 high school students from CAR qualified for the DOST-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) Scholarship for SY 2014-2015 under the RA 7687 scholarship program otherwise known as the S&T Scholarship Act of 1994 which provides scholarship privileges to talented and deserving students whose families’ socio-economic status does not exceed the set cut-off values of certain indicators. There was a 62% increase in the number of passers from 2013 to 2014 with 95 total passers in 2013 of which 85 qualifiers were under the RA 7687 and 10 qualifiers under the DOST Merit program.
Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 11:27 p.m.
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -– La Trinidad recently forged sisterhood ties with Laemrung, Phichit, Thailand and will eventually introduce changes in agriculture, tourism and education in both municipalities.
La Trinidad Mayor Edna Tabanda, in an interview Tuesday said officials of the municipality met with Phichit vice governor Wachara Tippilar, Laemrung mayor Phongsakon Khongcharoen and other Thai officials and discussed a three pronged approach in strengthening their relationships.
Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 11:25 p.m.
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- With farming as the main source of livelihood in the area, the local government of Tublay crafted a measure institutionalizing organic agriculture in the town in its advocacy on sustainable agriculture.
Authored by Councilors Marvin Mayos and Reynaldo Sotero, the ordinance is anchored on Republic Act 10068, otherwise known as the "Organic Agriculture Act of 2010," which seeks to promote, propagate and develop further and implement organic agriculture practice.
Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 11:22 p.m.
THE province of Apayao may as well be metaphorically considered the Cordillera region's final frontier.
The youngest out of all the provinces in Cordillera in terms of foundation and the farthest from the regional center, Apayao’s poses challenges when it comes to coping with its neighboring provinces in terms of economic and health development.
Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 11:15 p.m.
BANGUED, Abra -- The Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) Team initiated efforts to intensify advocacy to promote legal adoption to uphold the rights of a child as well as impress upon foster parents their role in adopting a child.
Myrna Berras-Bersalona of the Department of Social Welfare and Development – Cordillera Regional Office (DSWD-CAR) led her team in going around the different municipalities in Abra to give orientation on the Adoption and Foster Care Program of the DSWD.
Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 11:11 p.m.
ITOGON, Benguet –- A two-hour fire which started around 7:30 a.m. Thursday razed two houses in Barangay Virac of this rich gold-mining town, some 21 kilometers east of Baguio City.
Fire Officer 1 Manuel Ngail, arson prober of this town, said one person identified as Elaine Alawis, 20, daughter of one of the owners of the houses razed, suffered burns on her hands. She is now out of danger after the due treatment she received from the responding medical team in the area.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 10:17 p.m.
BAGUIO officials were recently caught unaware of the recent change in command at the Baguio City Police Office on Wednesday.
Police Senior Superintendent Rolando Miranda, Police Regional Office-Cordillera’s Regional Operations and Planning Division Chief on assumed as the Officer-in-Charge of the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) replacing Police Senior Superintendent Jesus Cambay Jr.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 10:08 p.m.
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan, widely known also as a farmer leader in the area, on Wednesday confirmed the decreased prices of fresh strawberries is due to the start of the peak season of harvest here, which is estimated to be more than 500 metric tons during the summer season.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 10:03 p.m.
EVERY year, 67 year old US Navy veteran Master Chief Petty Officer Hugo William Prill goes back to his native Baguio from Hawaii, his second home after retiring as a supervisor-diver in the Asia Pacific US Navy fleet.
His yearly trip back to Baguio however turns disheartening, he said, as the two World War II cemeteries at Camp John Hay where his father and mother were buried in the 60's have been continuously desecrated.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 10:00 p.m.
KABATAAN partylist Representative Terry Ridon exposed several colleges and universities are exploiting a loophole in the Commission on Higher Education's (Ched) tuition regulations that allow them to automatically increase tuition and other fees for incoming college freshmen.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 09:47 p.m.
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Police Regional Office Cordillera awarded eight policemen with the Medalya ng Sugatang Magiting and Kagalingan for exemplary service.
Awardees include Senior Police Office (SPO) 3 Eusebio B. Bodonia of the Abra Police Provincial Office with the Medalya ng Sugatang Magiting and cash for an act of gallantry in risking his life resulting to his injury while pursuing two suspects.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 09:43 p.m.
IN CELEBRATION of Women’s month, a search for the best ladies is on.
A search for exceptional women leaders has been launched to laud efforts to empower women rights in the City.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 09:40 p.m.
TADIAN, Mountain Province -- Awards on exemplary barangay performances and cultural events are lined up in the 6th Ayyoweng di Lambak ed Tadian from March 6 to 9.
The annual celebration will also mark the launching of the town's eco-tourism attractions, which include Gawaan Lake, Mount Mogao and Pey-asan Falls with the Department of Tourism regional Director Purification Molintas as guest speaker.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 09:34 p.m.
BONTOC, Mountain Province -- More Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries in the province are getting assistance from the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Jessie Chilem of the Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) team office here said aside from the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program which is benefiting 5,862 families in the province, the DSWD is also giving financial assistance for livelihood projects to help alleviate the living condition of these beneficiaries to become self-sufficient.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 09:02 p.m.
THE abuse of ground water resources through deep well drilling and water extraction has prompted the Baguio Water District to ask the local government to regulate these activities in the city.
BWD general manager Engr. Salvador Royeca appeared before the City Council Monday in response to the proposed resolution of Councilor Fred Bagbagen for the water utility and the local government to regulate ground water extraction to protect the city’s slowly depleting water sources.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 08:46 p.m.
STUDENTS from Saint Louis University were joined by the militant youth group Anakbayan in a protest rally Monday to condemn the alleged five percent tuition hike for incoming freshmen in the next school year.
In a statement, the youth group claimed they are protesting the lack of transparency from the SLU Administration regarding the increase and alleged approval of academic calendar shift from June to March to August to May.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 08:33 p.m.
NOTORIOUS drug leaders Efren Olsim together with James Barthon Gatawa were recently nabbed by the joint elements of the Police Regional Office–Cordillera, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Special Enforcement Service, and operatives of the Buguias municipal police station.
Olsim alias Molkang, a wanted drug personality in the Cordillera Region was recently arrested in Loo, Buguias, through a warrant of arrest against him by agents PDEA and operatives of the local police.